Stay Focused

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Five ways to keep the dream alive – without the vision board.

By all means, keep the vision board. And Pinterest. These are great tools to keep focused on your goals (remember those New Year’s Resolutions from a few weeks back?!). But is just Pinterest enough? Is the vision board alone working?

Here are five easy ways to keep your dreams top of mind:

  1. Schedule It – Life is incredibly busy, but each day is 24 hours and that never changes. If you want to bring your dreams to life, you have to make the time. As Stephen Covey said, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” Wake up the rest of the world can distract you, set a daily alarm as a reminder, and carve out a dedicated time in your schedule. Make time for the things you love, and make time for the things you want.
  2. Change Your Wallpaper Screen Shot 2018-01-03 at 7.56.26 PMAnd I’m not talking about the wallpaper in your bathroom (although I suppose that could be a good place to put some mantras too). Find a quote that resonates, a picture that evokes excitement, or a manta (and Pinterest is a great place to find these). Then set them as your iPhone/iPad lock screen, home screen, and desktop wallpaper. Every time you pick up your device – which we all know is way too often – you are reminded of your goal! My goal: stay present.
  3. Make It Known – I have really found that asking for what you want is a great way to get what you want. Generally people are very willing and excited to help you achieve your goals and support your endeavors. Ask and you shall receive, right? “Who needs a gym buddy?” “Anyone willing to host me for a weekend in Chicago?” These are simple asks that can be sent in a text or posted directly to your Facebook timeline. And suddenly your goals to workout more and spend less on travel are more achievable.
  4. Habit Tracker                              Screen Shot 2018-01-03 at 1.31.02 AMBut what about when your habits have intent? I’ve been using a habit tracker for months now (read on here) and it has been amazing for my productivity and focus. Keep your goals alive by taking time daily to reflect on if you worked toward them. If you did, you get a gold star – and we all love gold stars.
  5. Plan It Out – Whether it is a one-year resolution or a five-year dream, it isn’t going to plan itself. Sit down and create a timeline. What are the major milestones and when do you need to hit them to complete your goal? Do you need to practice learning that language every day for an hour, or every week for an hour? At what point does your website need to be done, despite its imperfections? Break your goal up in to bite-sized pieces. And remember, a little every day goes a long way.

It is time to crush those resolutions. *insert flex emoji here*

-TM

How do you stay focused on your goals? Let us know below.

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